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Dissent of the Day: Yickitties and Mammos

Jul 26, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

This morning I poked fun at Chipper Jones for tweeting nonsensically.  Then I got TOLD:


He’s right, you know. I realize that now. I had forgotten all of those times Roger Angell referred to Yickitties in his books. And who can watch a Vin Scully broadcast without hearing him hold forth on Mammos. It’s baseball writer malpractice on my part to forget that, really.

Apologies. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have been hurt by my #dumbass failure to #LearnTheDamnGame

  1. number42is1 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    you really are a pound dumbass that does know HOW to pound learn the game slash period config

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Anyone know where this Drew Smith dude lives? I would like to punch him in the face.
      Please know I will buy beer…lot’s and lot’s of beer for the person who advises of his whereabouts.

      • kopy - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        123 Fake St.
        Springfield, USA

      • number42is1 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        Dont go there… youre just gonna find a couple of kids with fire crackers

      • kinggeorge96 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        I know, I know.!!!! For someone that comes off as a know-it-all, he’s kind of a dumb ass…

      • vivabear - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        Discussion about this really blew up.

        No shame in Craig making a post about how odd Chipper’s tweet was.

        But, if you think about it these are pretty self explanatory.
        Yickitty = short for yickitty yard, as in going yard.
        Mammo = short for mammoth shot, or mammoth home run.

      • Glenn - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        Players use slang and then clubhouse media guys get a hold of it and use it. Then the national guys start using it, followed by everyone. The players then make up new ones, because what’s the fun of exclusionary slang if everyone uses it? Ballplayers are like teenagers. And the rest of us are uncool if we don’t know the slang, but also uncool if we use it, in the eyes of the “insiders”.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      Welll, I guess Craig has learned his lessson….

  2. mississippimusicman - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Craig, you missed a golden opportunity to mention Chipper’s mom coming to his defense in the comment thread of the article in question. I clicked on this article expecting it to be about her comment.

    • stealing3rd - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Someone mentioned being the same age as Chipper’s mom. That’s a tiny bit different than Chipper’s mom commenting on the article…..

      • mississippimusicman - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Good catch. I should probably #learnhowtoread before posting some stuff like this. I missed the “‘s age” in that comment – and those four letters, one space and an apostrophe make all the difference.

  3. woodenulykteneau - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Did you have to explain to him who Roger Angell is?

  4. Bryz - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Some other gems from Drew Smith.

    That’s precisely why I don’t ever fully listen to anybody’s opinion on baseball who hasn’t played. It’s WAY more than any stupid numbers. (

    So Joe Morgan is a genius because he played the game? Morgan was full of stupid comments.

    To fully understand the game, you have to know how to talk it, how to watch it, how to live it. Sabermatricians cant, so they throw # around (

    Why do we need to know how to talk the game? Yickitties and mammos are words that I’ve NEVER heard. Granted, I fall into Drew’s “you never played baseball above HS” category, but I would think that at least one broadcaster would have said the same thing on the air. Also, it’s hilarious to call Craig a sabermetrician.

    By the way, Google “yickitty” and “mammo.” There’s basically nothing online about either word in baseball, save for the Hardball Talk posts.

    • cur68 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM



    • dowhatifeellike - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      I played 2 years of college ball at a Big Ten school and I’ve never heard those terms either. Even if I had, I’d feel like a tool saying them out loud.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        No doubt. A very large tool at that. Where did you play in the Big Ten?

      • dowhatifeellike - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Let’s just say it’s a school that’s been in the news a lot lately. My arm fell apart and I’m kinda glad I went elsewhere to finish my degree.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        I hear you. I have a couple of good friends who are huge fans of the school that’s been in the news alot lately. One played in the band before realizing he enjoyed partying far more than band practice.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        And yet another amazing thing about Vin; he can say mammo so cool-like, that I’ve never noticed it until just now. Seriously, that man can make anything sound fantastic.

  5. 5thbase - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I wonder if Hank Aaron knows what a yickitty is.

    And oddly, my browser spell-check underlines it with red … I think that means it’s an extra-obvious word.

    • kopy - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Precisely. It’s your computer’s way of telling you that the word is so obvious and well-known that it didn’t bother spellchecking it.

  6. El Bravo - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I read the post and already forget what both terms mean.

  7. Jeremy T - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    It must be a regional thing or something. Or the terminology is a closely guarded secret, introduced to all players in an ancient initiation rite on the signing of their first professional contract, and Chipper is going to face an onslaught of beanballs for daring to expose it to the general populace.

    • umrguy42 - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      It’s part of the unwritten rules.

  8. Jonny 5 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    It appears by the pictures Drew has on his Twitter feed that he must be involved in some sort of Labrador retriever sex ring.!/DrewSmith_33/media/slideshow?

  9. Gobias Industries - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    If the photo you’re using for your Twitter profile makes it look like your dog is giving you a hummer on the couch, you’re in no position to call anyone a #dumbass. Talk about yickitty.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Hahaha! Yeah…dude is kicked back.

  10. frenchysplatediscipline - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Not being snarky here (at least not intentionally), but who is Drew Smith?

    • Gobias Industries - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Dude’s got 75 followers! Count ’em: 7-5! And you don’t know who he is?!

      I am being snarky here.

    • 5thbase - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Usually when someone act like a total asshat and then say something about playing “past HS” that means they played like 1 game (usually sitting on the bench) at some crappy little JC so now they think they really know something. I am around a lot of guys that played in the majors and I never here them bolster themselves up by talking about the levels at which they played.

      • eshine76 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Reminds me of a time about 6 months ago I saw a similar asshat on Twitter making a similar reference to a writer. Not only did the guy have his old number in his handle, but his bio said “I was an All-American; Google it.”

        Guys like this probably scream at umps at little league games.

      • mrwillie - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        With comments like his I am willing to bet his only playing ‘past HS’ ball was peppering balls to little league players for his community service.

    • Nick C - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      I just tried to find info on him too and I couldn’t find much of anything. What a #dumbass

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        It appears he is a writer (or once was) for BeyondUSports.
        He went to Austin College in Texas.
        He had a double major in Business Administration and Douchebaggery.
        It appears he did play baseball at the DIVISION THREE school.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        Jordan Zimmermann played baseball at a Division III school, and he turned out OK. Unlike this Drew Smith fellow.

      • 5thbase - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        Did he hit any mammo yickitties at his D3 school? Cause that would make him right.

  11. hasbeen5 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I knew yickitty, had not heard mammo before. Does this clown say where he plays/played?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      The only time I have ever heard the word ‘yickitty’ used it was by Darrell Waltrip during a National Association of Stock Car Auto Racers event. Oh…waite.

  12. ditto65 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    The terms are so obvious Larry had to clarify their meaning in a subsequent tweet.

    Must be a lot of #dumbasses out there if Chipper had to do that.

  13. mntreehugger - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I would bet he also says ‘brah’ alot, and lots of thing are awfully ‘sick’. I also think he can hardly stand because he is so ‘stoked’ all the time.

    • El Bravo - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Slow your role, brah. I use brah all the time, am not from the West coast, and never heard yickitty mammos. Nobody puts baby in a corner, brah.

      • madhatternalice - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        Word, Bravo. Ice me, bro!

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      I also use the word ‘brah’ alot. I do NOT however, (under any circumstances) use the words ‘stoked’ or ‘sick.’ Waite…when I am not feeling well I do sometimes use the word ‘sick.’

  14. Bryz - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Something else I want to add. ditto65 already pointed out that so many people knew these words that Chipper had to tweet an explanation of what they meant, but also USA Today and Deadspin pointed out that they couldn’t figure out what Chipper was saying, either.

  15. djpostl - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Meh, this clown isn’t half as entertaining as Trey Hickman.

  16. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Just because someone once made up a term for something doesn’t mean it’s cool, or cool to use terms like that. Especially those terms. Not cool. You know what I thought when I read that? “Mike B and jhey went yickitty” I thought they got sick, bad seafood, food poisoning or something. you know, the kind when it’s coming out of both ends. “roadrunner went mammo.” i don’t know who is nicknamed roadrunner. Not sure why he needs a mammogram, but hey, better safe than sorry, I guess.

    • riverace19 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Michael Bourn has to be roadrunner. And he actually hit a mammo recently, and there was nothing subtle about it.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        Except that Michael Bourn was already mentioned as “Mike B.”… apparently it must be an ironic nickname for Juan Francisco.

  17. riverace19 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Well Craig you kinda are a #dumbass at times… but when you get called out, instead of saying “yup, you got me” you have to be sarcastic which drives you deeper into #dumbass territory. Quit this one while you are behind and stop the bleeding.

    Chipper Jones is one of the greatest players I have had the pleasure of watching, and he is a true throwback: candid, leader, and not afraid to tell people what he thinks.
    The Braves are going to miss far more than his production on the field.

    • hasbeen5 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      I don’t think there was any ill will towards Chipper with these posts. I saw it as just pointing out some of the crazy lingo that athletes use.

      • riverace19 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        I get that hasbeen; I was more commenting on Craig’s over-inflated ego which all y’all feed every day. I do like reading his stuff but his holier-than-thou attitude sometimes is too much.

    • djpostl - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Quite while you’re behind, dumbass.

      If you hadn’t noticed (by other media outlets wondering wtf Chipper was saying & the vast, vast majority of fans chiming in saying the same), Craig was spot on.

      Never mind the fact he never was attacking Chipper, just pointing out he chose some odd, relatively unknown terms.

      • djpostl - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Damn auto-type. “Quit”.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      River: I fully appreciate where you are coming from. I also enjoy Craig’s writing.
      However, calling him a dumbass and/or pointing out all the slow jacks he gets on HBT will get you nowhere. I know because I have pointed it out previously and it got me nowhere.

    • mississippimusicman - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      I’ve really enjoyed watching Chipper Jones play ball over the years, but come on, riverace19:

      – His other job involves Realtree camo.
      – He found true love at Hooters.
      – He named his kid after a building.
      – He now remembers how good a slushee is.

      Is this the guy you want helping you write a dictionary?

      • riverace19 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        I love stirring you guys up!!!
        Okay Mississippi, I liked your response, so I will respond to your points:

        — I hunt for wild game in realtree camo so I suppose that could be called my other job
        — I fall in love every time I step into a Hooters
        — I named my new daughter “Ivy” which could be considered after the building called Wrigley
        — As long as we are talking about a cocktail with crushed ice, then yup slushees rule!!

        Keep up the good work neaderthals and trolls… the sports talk world just wouldn’t be the same without you!

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